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Relief 2.0 Enterprise was born out of the experience and active participation of a multidisciplinary group of individuals from around the globe who responded to the earthquake crisis in Haiti and effectively ran the last mile with independent units deployed in the field, supported by mobile communications technology and coordinated via social networks.
Frustrated by the inefficiency of the conventional disaster response approach, we organized the first Relief 2.0 workshop at Stanford University on February 2010 where multiple actors shared and discussed their fields experiences and lessons learned.
Based on our field work, combined with academic and social research our detailed Relief 2.0 model for effective disaster response was born.
10 months after the earthquake and with billions of dollars pledged and donated to Haiti, the lives of Haitians continue to be disrupted and the local stakeholders and resources remain excluded of the recovery process, their local capacity ignored, effectively turning them in dependents of alien assistance and decisions.
As our frustration grew, we revisited our model, focusing now on how to generate local wealth and allow local stakeholders to be responsible of their own recovery and growth. This brought us to our model explaining Exclusion of Local Resources and Alienation of Funds in Conventional Disaster Relief and Response.
Then the earthquake and tsunami in Japan took place and we moved quickly to the field, spending 2 months with the businesses to launch our Business Recovery Pilot in Ishinomaki, currently under way.